I love Michael Potter, but he has to go



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    In recent weeks, the media has ravaged the Wests Tigers and in particular their coach. While the scandal has now receded back into some form of serendipity, it is not without leaving sands of catastrophic damage.

    As a pro-Potter activist, I can tell you now he is as good as gone. Unfortunately has been placed in a position where he quite simply needs to go. This isn’t really any doing of his own – the blame can be squarely put on the media.

    Whether Potter did in fact have the support or still does have the support of his players has become irrelevant. I am not going to sit here and tell you that the Tigers abysmal performances over the last few weeks have been because the coach has zero support from his group, for all we know he could still be quite popular with the majority, if not all, of the playing group.

    But the damage has been done. The implications that he struggles to communicate with players, motivate them or command respect can be understood to have done just as much damage as this being the truth.

    This is the only reasonable explanation for how a team could be proclaimed as finals dark horses a month ago and within the space of a fortnight receiving the second-biggest losing margin in the club’s history.

    They then followed this up with an equally appalling 44-point loss to the Roosters.

    Since the media attack began in Round 20, the Tigers have conceded a staggering 168 points and managed only 30 in attack. The Tigers sit on a negative points differential of -192, 138 of which has been amassed in the space of a month.

    Michael Potter has done a good job in extremely difficult circumstances this year and is certainly deserving of a contract extension.

    However, what’s done is done and the club requires a drastic overhaul. This will see Potter become a casualty, along with CEO Grant Mayer and the entirety of the board.

    Potter’s tenure was an incredible necessary one, but so is his demise. He has been responsible for introducing an almost entirely new playing roster with infinite potential. Martin Taupau and Tim Simona have graduated to the ranks of international players for New Zealand. Adam Blair has regained his form and subsequent place in the aforementioned team.

    Aaron Woods has become a starting Origin prop and the likes of Luke Brooks, Mitch Moses, James Tedesco, James Gavet, Curtis Sironen and Sauaso Sue have gained invaluable experience and developed rapidly.

    The Potter era will be praised for the dismantling of a toxic playing roster and the introduction of fresh talent, but sadly the next introduction will have to be a new coach.

    It will need to be a man whose hands are not red with the blood of the current administration. Here’s looking at you, Todd Payten and David Kidwell.
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  • Great article, I agree with everything said there 100%.
    I like Potter, I really do and I think he has been a good coach but with all this drama thats gone on this year and last over his position I believe what the article says to be correct. Otherwise it will always continue like this.
    It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nature of the game. I’m sure other clubs would be more than happy to have him.



  • If anyone thinks Kidwell or Payten is the answer you have got to be kidding.

    We need a no nonsense coach, who has been around. TBH Brian Smith is just the coach we need.



  • Yep…WT need some though love for sure, genoshan



  • Mick Potter doesn’t need to go

    Mick Potter needs a board and a CEO that will back him 100% no matter what he does

    If that means putting every player on notice , so be it

    Mick isn’t the problem , The WT’s mentality is



  • Hogwash



  • I’m with you Happy



  • @Sabre:

    Great article, I agree with everything said there 100%.
    I like Potter, I really do and I think he has been a good coach but with all this drama thats gone on this year and last over his position I believe what the article says to be correct. Otherwise it will always continue like this.
    It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nature of the game. I’m sure other clubs would be more than happy to have him.

    Sabre do you understand what happens if Potter gets the sack now ??

    The players , board or CEO knows exactly what to do to get rid of a coach they don’t like

    All we are doing is feeding the beast that is the WT’s

    Keep Potter and make a stand , draw a line in the sand say no to the mindless fools

    I’m a Wests Tigers supporter and I’m not going to take it anymore



  • I agree with you Happy.

    There is something rotten at the heart of the WT and it’s not Mick Potter.

    Until the cancer that is eating away at the heart of our club is removed, we will not thrive.

    The new independent board is a good start. I hope they retain Potter and send a message to all parties within the club that destabilisation will not be tolerated.



  • @happy tiger:

    @Sabre:

    Great article, I agree with everything said there 100%.
    I like Potter, I really do and I think he has been a good coach but with all this drama thats gone on this year and last over his position I believe what the article says to be correct. Otherwise it will always continue like this.
    It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nature of the game. I’m sure other clubs would be more than happy to have him.

    Sabre do you understand what happens if Potter gets the sack now ??

    The players , board or CEO knows exactly what to do to get rid of a coach they don’t like

    All we are doing is feeding the beast that is the WT’s

    Keep Potter and make a stand , draw a line in the sand say no to the mindless fools

    I’m a Wests Tigers supporter and I’m not going to take it anymore

    I agree with you mate but I just can’t see anything changing unfortunately.
    If there was to be a movie about this whole saga Mick Potter would be the protagonist, whilst certain others would be the ‘bad guys’. But the good guys don’t always win.
    If a CEO and board can come in and change the everyones attitude and just let Mick does his thing then I would be very happy but I just can’t see it happening which will more than likely just lead to more of the same.
    If a new coach were to come in I would hope that it is someone who puts his foot down from the start and lets everyone know he isn’t going to put up with the rubbish that’s been ongoing at WT.



  • @happy tiger:

    Mick Potter doesn’t need to go

    Mick Potter needs a board and a CEO that will back him 100% no matter what he does

    If that means putting every player on notice , so be it

    Mick isn’t the problem , The WT’s mentality is

    Absolutely agree with you happy!

    Many on here, me included, have accused the board of having no backbone and not being prepared to make the big decisions. Now, to suggest that Potter should be sacked by the board because of a media campaign is ludicrous!!

    The press will not dictate how our club is run. The press will not dictate who will be our CEO nor who will be our coach. Wests Tigers employees and board need to start taking action and agreeing to a structure to move the club forward, and that may or may not include Mick Potter, but it is a decision for those placed in positions of power within our club and not for anyone else.

    I find any mention of the fact that Potter should be sacked because the press have backed him into an impossible situation as laughable and offensive. I hope Potter is rewareded with an extension, but if the board disagree then that decision should be based on what is best for Wests Tigers and not what some pen pusher in a cubicle decides will sell the most newspapers.



  • Potter is not the problem and that has been highlighted by many, but it is very hard to see him being around in 2015. I will be very angry if he is the sole scapegoat for our 2014 wipe out.

    If the club sacks Potter than their must be a broom right through the place starting with the board room right down to the playing roster.

    Anyway lack of money will probably have a massive influence in the decision making that is made at Concord. With our coffers running on empty to retrench and replace a lot of personnel right across the club becomes a very expensive operation, so my guess their will be the odd sacrificial lamb with poor Mick being the major casualty.

    The NRL is a very hard competition to compete in, but to do it with next to no money, injuries galore,sub standard facilities,backroom brawls and a playing roster that has a lot of weak links makes the task impossible. Do not shoot the coach, fix the mess that he is forced to work in



  • Quote Sabre “If a CEO and board can come in and change the everyones attitude and just let Mick does his thing then I would be very happy but I just can’t see it happening which will more than likely just lead to more of the same.”
    If a new CEO or board do not come in and make the necessary changes we are definitely in for more of the same. Remember, this season was reasonably well on track and someone with an agenda deliberately began destabilising the team. Sacking Mick Potter will not change that scenario into the future. I’m with Happy on this one, Wests Tigers need to draw a line in the sand.
    People within the club and probably within the media know who is running this destabilising agenda. The new NRL board must follow this up and clean up the mess or we’re looking at a very sad future.



  • Without doubt, the key to positive change is the new Board. Assuming the 3 new independents will have the expertise currently lacking, then along with the 4 reps from the JV, we can look forward to a more stable and hopefully, lucrative organisation. A revised business plan, an honest appraisal of the Smith report and either a new CEO (or the current CEO under very close scrutiny), and maybe there will be some light at the end of the tunnel. But it will take time.

    I am prepared to back the new Board regarding the coaching position. I think we all need to - whether we personally agree with the decision or not. Regardless of who the coach is next year, he will need the full and unequivocal support of the Board AND the CEO. Any players not happy - see ya later.



  • 😃 @Irvine,good post ,but why should Potter go to appease a handful of people who want their way.If someone new is installed the same garbage will go on again and on its in the nature of our beast …New board and a clean out of troublemakers could solve the problem straight away and stability will finally find its way to the club,as for the players not happy with Potter,they get paid big money to play football nothing more nothing less,Potter is coach give him the respect he deserves and do what you get paid to do.Both parties don’t have to like each other,but each has to do their JOB……Wests Tigers now and forever… :bash


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